Couch to 5k Update #3

Okay, I swear this post is NOT about repeating week 3 a dozen more times!! You can read the other posts in this series here:

Couch To 5k

Couch to 5k Update

Couch to 5k Update #2

Off the Couch and Running

I struggled to do 3 runs a week! Sometimes it was because of knee issues and I just didn’t want to push it. Sometimes it was because of scheduling–I was busy doing other things. Sometimes it was simply because the weather was really nice and I wanted to do other things like hiking and biking!

I was still using and loving the C25k app I bought. It’s really helpful. I also finally added some music to my iPhone (when I upgraded to the 5s I just never moved my music library over to the phone because I was too busy listening to podcasts to notice a difference) which makes running much nicer.

Week 4

Sunday Spin bike for 35 minutes, yoga 60 minutes
Monday Rest Day
Tuesday 2.15 mile run on treadmill, followed by weight lifting
Wednesday 35 min weightlifting and kettle bells, 1.28 miles on elliptical
Thursday Rest Day
Friday 1.25 mile swim
Saturday 2.3 mile run on treadmill, weight lifting, then 2.87 mile walk

Week 4 had longer running intervals (around 3 minutes average, one 5 minute run) in between the walking breaks. I was doing pretty well since before I had started this program I was already running for 5-10 minutes at a time before walking.

Week 4 (Again)

Sunday 2.17 miles elliptical, yoga, 1.75 mile walk
Monday Rest Day
Tuesday Ran 2.12 miles!
Wednesday  Biked 10.2 miles
Thursday Rest Day
Friday Swim 1.125 miles
Saturday Weight lifting followed by 2.05 mile treadmill run

Because I struggled to get 3 runs done in one week I extended Week 4 into the following week. I wish I could work out the scheduling kinks but I just don’t want to give up my swimming night or yoga night. I feel like it’s really beneficial for all around training. That just means that my 8 week Couch to 5k training plan is probably going to take me 12 weeks. 🙂

Week 5 

Sunday 2.17 miles elliptical, yoga, 1.75 mile walk
Monday Rest Day
Tuesday  2 mile treadmill run, followed by 25 min of weights
Wednesday 10.73 miles biked to work!
Thursday Yoga
Friday Rest Day, lots of walking in Vegas!
Saturday Some elliptical, .50 mile run on treadmill, weights, walking in Vegas


Week 5 (Still)

My vacation kind of through off the workout schedule and training. But that’s okay. It’s good to change things up. Week 5 on the training plan had me running for 8 minutes, then walking 5 minutes, repeat. I have to say that it was a bit of a jump from Week 4. Week 4 was running for 5-6 minutes, then walking. I feel like there should have been a little more build up to the 8 minutes!

Sunday Rest Day
Monday Rest Day
Tuesday 1.90 mile treadmill run, weights
Wednesday Biked to work 11.65 miles
Thursday Rest Day
Friday Swim 1.125 miles
Saturday Weight lifting, follow by 1.75 miles on treadmill

With my knees a little achy and tight in the recent week, I went back to Week 2 which felt way too easy (1.5 minute run followed by 2 minute walk) but I wanted to take it easy on myself in case my knees were really inflamed. So I hate to say it but the next update will probably have me doing week 5 still. LOL Oh well! I’m listening to my body.

4 Responses

  1. Ugh! Sometimes anything that will go wrong does. What a bad day! Poor Bella! I have never heard of that happening to a dog so easily. I wonder if you can get her used to shoes or some kind of pad protector. Also, I’m sure the older she gets, the more she will calm down, but it stinks that she is going to have to deal with that!

    1. The vet said her paws are just soft, not thick like most dogs. I’m hoping as she gets older she calms down and doesn’t get hurt as much! We do have booties for her and she wears them sometimes (usually when she’s already injured).

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